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The all new Razer™ Blade features the latest processor and graphics for up to double the performance than the previous generation. Powered by an all new Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor and NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX series graphics powering a beautiful 17.3" LED display, the new Razer Blade screams gaming performance.
The new Razer Blade features Intel's 3rd generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, doubling the core power of the previous generation ensuring your games and media playback run with the most powerful processing performance you'll ever experience on the go.
The Razer Blade also features a high-performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX Series GPU. With up to 50% faster frame rates than the previous generation, you'll play games the way they were meant to be played with rich DX11 graphics.
Ultra-portable Form Factor
Our designers and engineers worked closely together to achieve the performance demanded by gamers without compromising on the laptop's thinness and weight. Everything a gamer wants, a high definition 17.3 inch LED display, hybrid drive solution, and an ultra slim power supply for a true portable gaming experience. All this at just under an inch thick and weighing less than 7 pounds, the new Razer Blade is still the thinnest gaming laptop of its class.
All-New Features and Applications
The Razer Blade's Switchblade UI is an all-new innovative user interface designed from the ground up for a more efficient, intuitive, and exciting gaming experience. The Razer Blade's 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys put an infinite number of commands, controls, and skills right at the gamer's fingertips. Combined is a revolutionary LCD display that is capable of two modes. One mode displays in game information in full vibrant color, allowing gamers to stay ahead of the competition; and a second mode that functions as an ultra-sensitive multi-touch gaming track pad, designed just for gamers on the go.
With the new Razer Blade, gamers will take advantage of a growing list of applications designed just for gaming. With the Switchblade UI, gamers can fully customize their profiles and wallpaper, browse the web for in game information, watch YouTube videos for walkthrough guides, stay connected with their social networks, and launch dedicated applications to interact with popular games, all in real time.
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor with Hyper-Threading CPU: 2.2GHz (Base) / 3.2GHz (Turbo) Chipset Intel® HM77 Express Chipset Memory 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz Storage 500GB 7200RPM HDD (Primary Storage) 64GB SATA III SSD with NVELO Dataplex™ Software
(Carche Acceleration) Graphics and Video Integrated Intel® GMA HD4000 – Mobile Mode NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 VRAM with NVIDIA Optimus™ Technology Display 17.3" Full HD 16:9 Ratio, 1920×1080 LED Backlit Additional Features Razer™ Switchblade User Interface Razer™ Anti-Ghosting Keyboard Razer™ Synapse 2.0 Enabled Built-in HD Webcam (2.0MP) Built-in Speakers Integrated Digital 7.1 Surround Audio Support (via HDMI 1.4) Dolby® Home Theater® v4 Audio 1x HDMI 1.4 Audio and Video Output 3x USB 3.0 1x 3.5mm Audio Microphone/Headphone
Combo Jack 1x Kensington Lock Power Integrated 60Wh Battery Compact AC Adapter (120Watt) Communications 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port 1x Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 802.11 A/G/N 1x Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 Size and Weight Width: 16.81 inches (42.7cm) Depth: 10.90 inches (27.7cm) Height: 0.88 inches (2.24cm) Weight: 6.6 pounds (2.99kg) Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
-Battery life tends to be a bit short even when not gaming.
-No second audio port for my headset.
-Up/Down directional arrows are dinky. Games often use the d-arrows, so this is suboptimal. It could be solved by a ‘directional arrow’ setting for the switchblade, but they curiously omitted such a setting. Speaking of which…
-Switchblade UI is fairly immature and lacks vital customization options as of now. Seems like something that will be fixed eventually, but I would prefer a cheaper laptop without the switchblade. Most gamers are going to attach a gaming mouse, and gamers don’t really need flashy optimus buttons because they memorize their hotkeys.
The Razer Blade fundamentals are strong–specs, build quality, design, portability. There is nothing else like it on the market. The immature and expensive switchblade ui holds it back from greatness.
I’ve found out how to customize the switchblade UI buttons, and the functionality I wanted (the ability to attach custom macros and pictures to buttons on a program-specific basis) is there, I just wasn’t able to figure it out by messing around. This is interesting and negates a couple of my criticisms, but I think I still would have preferred a less expensive Blade without it. Also, apparently the audio jack is combined line-in and audio. Not as convenient as two jacks, but better than what I thought.
After using the laptop for a few weeks, I’ve definitely come around on the switchblade top buttons. I’ve created a variety of macros for games and normal windows applications, and being able to tag them with custom text and pictures has really upped my productivity. I’ve raised my review to 5 stars from 4, although I think the switchblade software still has a ways to go.
It is able to run all the games I have in Steam smoothly.
It is lighter than most of the laptops that I used.
Fast boot up. I have never used SSD before so I am not sure if this is the fastest SSD. But its definitely much faster than my 3.5″ hdd in the desktop.
Gaming-wise, I cannot feel much difference except on max setting. The framerate its lower than my desktop but I expected it.
Heat. It can get quite warm. There’s once when I rocked my chair and my thigh hit the bottom of the table top. I could feel the heat from the bottom side!
LED display. The button functions are good to have but can live without. But there’s no way you can play FPS with the LED. Simply too slow.
Can’t really give a bad review of this computer, as an owner it’s been really great so far. All games from Boarderlands 2, NFSmw, WOW, AC3, The Walking Dead, MW2, Black Ops2, DMC, EvE, Mac Payne 3, Sleeping Dogs and my Favorited Just Case 2 all run full setting no problem.
I looked at AlienWare but just couldn’t face another overheating massive computer. The Razer Blade is actually portable.
The touchpad can be customized to any picture you want, as can the 10 buttons above it.
The keyboard is easy to use and doesn’t slow down my typing.
I still use my netbook for a lot of things, but anytime I am going to settle in an area for a while, this is a great laptop to have along.
Battery life is brief playing games (<2 hours), but otherwise will last much of the day.
The problem seemed to be a combination of Windows 8 and the anti-virus software I was using. I used this same anti-virus software (G Data) on a previous Windows 8 computer with no problem, but I don’t think it’s fair to blame Razer for this. I uninstalled the program and it is working fine now.
I also had an update pushed to the Razer Synapse trackpad program and it is a little more stable. There are still some peculiarities with the trackpad software, it isn’t perfect. I often get stuck seeing only the apps for certain games, rather than the standard ones I set for the hotkeys, but it doesn’t happen all that frequently.
I contacted Razer customer service about this last night and I was pleased with how quickly they responded (this morning) right after a busy holiday. They are sending me a recovery key in case something like this happens again, but it hasn’t yet, so I don’t think the machine is faulty.
Now that the problems are solved, I’ve upped my review. I’d give it 4.5 stars, but I can’t, so it loses the star because the trackpad software is still a little iffy (although it never interferes with the ability to use the trackpad as a mouse). That being said I do love the idea of the added trackpad functionality and I look forward to a future build of the software that is more stable.
The build quality of this thing is fantastic, it feels incredibly solid all while being incredibly light. I haven’t tried out a game on it yet, but the performance in everything else has been superb. The wifi card in it is especially good, as I can get decent speeds in my house where my other computer couldn’t even connect.
The speakers and audio are fairly good. The kind of good that doesn’t blow your socks off, but is in every way loud enough for listening to music/movies in a noisy room.
The size/weight/portability of this laptop is awesome. My dad has a 17” macbook pro (back when they used to make those) and this is thinner and slightly lighter (to my unscientific test) than that. The screen looks awesome. Very bright and the colors are spot on (but they wash out pretty quickly once you move the screen up and down)
All in all, I’m much happier today than I was last night when I wrote the original review. My advice would be to not install any antivirus software on it right away, and to wait a bit for certain companies to make fully compatible version of their software for all manner of Windows 8 PCs.
Original (and a bit premature) review:
I received a Razer Blade this morning as a combination Christmas/Graduation gift. After a full day of hitting my head against the wall trying to set it up, I have decided to return it. Every, and I mean Every. Single. Time. I attempted to install an app (Firefox, Word, Chrome) the computer blue screened and died. To add a little spice to it, the speakers sang a chorus unlike any I have heard since the days of dial-up while the blue screen was doing its thing.
The Synaptics trackpad on my unit was completely unusable most of the time. Either the trackpad wouldn’t recognize two finger gestures, or the hotkeys were displaying random icons and wouldn’t jump back to their normal settings, it was awful. The trackpad itself had to restart three times in the first (and only) day I’ve had this computer.
I did a full system refresh and the problem persisted; there is something seriously wrong with this computer. For the amount of money this thing costs, I was expecting at least a usable computing experience (alright, I was expecting much more than that, but after today I’d settle for usable).
Don’t buy this computer, seriously, it doesn’t work and you’ll feel like an idiot for assuming that a company charging this much for a laptop must be selling some sort of usable product.